A Tribute To The Maharani

The world’s most stylish royal woman, Gayatri Devi, often styled as Maharani Gayatri Devi, Rajmata of Jaipur breathed her last today.2004042901200101


Born as princess of Cooch Behar, she always insisted she was ordinary. Yet, she was one of India’s most stylish, most independent and most modern of Maharanis. The Vogue had once listed her among the 10 most beautiful women in the world.


An avid equestrienne, an excellent marksman, a tennis player and a keen rider, an advocate of girlโ€™s education, a successful politician, a promoter of blue pottery in Rajasthan, a social activist were few of her keen interests.


It was the July of 2007, I was shopping (as usual) with my sisters and mom at Cottons, located at Civil Lines in Jaipur. I was oblivious to the quiet hustle and bustle behind me. And then somebody nudged me, I looked up and saw the Rajmata standing elegantly tall, next to me, glancing at some clothes. I must have surely gaped at her with a shocked expression, coz the next moment, I saw her smiling amicably!

Maharani-Gayatri-Devi


That smile is still etched in my mind.


Wearing a very simple blue chiffon saree, she looked extremely beautiful and elegant then.


And today, when the early morning newspaper gave the news of her sad demise, it shocked me and bought back the memory of a chance meeting with the grand queen mother, Rajmata Gayatri Devi.


May she rest in peace!

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13 thoughts on “A Tribute To The Maharani

  1. May her soul RIP …This week we saw two of most beautiful women of this country breathing their last…Other one being the legendary actress Leela Naidu…

  2. May her soul RIP.

    This week saw the demise of two of the most beautiful women of this country… nay of this world… breathing their last. The other being the legendary actress Leela Naidu… though I gather she led a lonely and depressed life for several years… after her husband Dom Moraes (the renowned author) left her for someone else. What a pity!

    May her soul RIP, too.

  3. I heard about her a few years ago, and though I don’t know much about her, I have read in today’s newspaper that she was the pioneer in setting the ‘purdah’ system amongst royals into oblivion!

    May her soul rest in peace!

  4. @ Dhiman: Yeah, incidentally, both were named by Vogue among the 10 most beautiful women in the world!

    @ Whats In A Name: God save us, if Rakhi Sawant becomes the role model!!

  5. @ evanescentthoughts: Yeah, may she get eternal bliss of paradise!
    Hmm…lucky yes! ๐Ÿ˜€

    And thanks a lot!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    @ Abhijeet: True!

    @ IndianPundit: That was a good one! ๐Ÿ˜€

    And Thank you…welcome on “A rose is a rose is a rose!”. Hope you have a great fun time here!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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